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Good hike. I thought I would mention in this app to stay at least 100 ft from the elk. There were several on the trail. People have been gored by the elk, granted one group was trying to take a selfie with the elk so some are related to clueless hikers. Be extra careful during mating season which is mid-August through December when the elk are particularly aggressive.

Very nice walk through the Elk’s habitat. The trail is a nice gravel and dirt path, shaded, and well marked. We were able to observe many elk grazing and laying around along with many varieties of birds.
You are also able to see the bison but only from your car as they are in a different part of the park.

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7 days ago

Very nice trail, also used by bikers so be aware. Beautiful scenery I would say a moderate trail with some steep parts but also flat along river and fields. Done this trail many times , prefer late fall or winter

Great trail, a little something for everyone! Respect and enjoy..

Good trail with a couple of good inclines. We drove through the whole park first and saw some Bison and Elk. Saw one doe on the trail though we went at Mid-Day.

This is a very nice trail through Lone Elk Park. It offers a lot of hills and animal sightings. We go a couple times a year.

It was beautiful ☺️
Definitely come back again

Really enjoyable trail! Interesting terrain, elk wandering about, decent elevation shifts (not extreme, but not trivial). The elk were cooling themselves in the lake on the unseasonably warm day we visited.

Two items to note: there were a lot of logs intersecting the trail.nothing insurmountable, but just a heads up. Also, the bathrooms don’t have soap.

Has everything

Saw lots of elk! This hike was challenging with some steep grades but leveled off soon enough that it wasn't too tough.

Actually White Bison Trail. And you won't see any bison on it. They are in a no foot zone.
Overall worthwhile for deer, birds, and Elk.
Up and down narrow not paved.

2nd time on this trail. We LOVE it. It will be a repeated trail going forward. This time we got to see elk and deer! Keep your eyes open as they blend in well and many of the elk were laying right next to the trail. Respect their environment and space.

Great hike. Well marked.

Lots of WW2 ruins, good vistas. Surprised I have not repeated it. Will soon.

hiking
5 months ago

I’m not sure how the trail is at other times, but on a warm day in late January it was miserably muddy. For the small part that follows the river there were some bluffs to look at, but overall it was too flat and unremarkable for my taste. Maybe it would be better in summer... after a dry spell.

Saw elk, bison, deer, ducks and nice people. Can’t beat that.

Pretty easy as the trail is mostly flat - it follows the railroad for awhile then heads next to the Meramec river

LOVED this trail and will do time and again. It was a well balanced hike with the moderate climbs sprinkled throughout the three miles. We spotted at least ten deer as well as many tracks of deer and elk. The three miles were marked clearly every mile which was helpful and appreciated. FYI...no dogs allowed on this trail due to the animal activity in the park.

hiking
6 months ago

Saw elk on the hiking trail. Also drove thru the bison area and saw bison resting about 50 yds off the road.

hiking
7 months ago

To get to the trail as shown, do not follow the Chubb for 1.5 miles and cross over the train tracks. Instead, after descending the hill (about 0.5 miles in) look for an unmarked trail on the right that leads to a tunnel that goes under the train tracks. Going through the tunnel requires a hiker to duck to make it through since the ceiling is rather low. A flashlight would definitely help as it is rather dark in there. After exiting the tunnel, there is a trail that leads to the Castlewood Loop.

Saw 3 Elk! Fairly hilly but lovely trail!

Awesome views of elk and bison at the park. Narrow trail with some spots of tall plants, so watch out for ticks. Overall a lovely time.

hiking
11 months ago

Great beginner for myself and my elderly dog!

Trail head is a little tricky to find. Elk very close to the trail-seem pretty comfortable being that close to humans. Watch out for ticks-I brought one home with me.

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The hike was beautiful with the wild life moving around us unphased the entire time. Be forewarned...the ticks are plentiful!

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Great little loop with plenty of wildlife to see. Trail is not technical but there was some loose gravel. Trail is single track for most of the hike. The 3 mile loop took me about and hour.

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

This was a great hike for our little family. It was short enough that our oldest (5) had minimal complaints. The best part was the experience of seeing elk on the trail in various spots.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

We saw deer and turkey on the hike!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beautiful park and well-marked trail. Elk and deer aplenty. Nearer to roads and lawn mower noise than I'd hoped, but that wouldn't keep me from a return trip.

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